SOME Tameside Council services will be delivered differently during the lockdown from November 5 to comply with the new Government guidelines and restrictions.
Both Ashton and Hyde Market Halls and fixed Kiosks on Ashton Market Grounds will remain open, with the same opening hours, for all stalls selling essential items. Stalls selling non-essential goods will close but can if they choose operate click-and-collect/delivery. The council will be supporting traders to access financial help from the Government as appropriate.
Tameside Library buildings will be closed for general use and browsing – however online services, the order and collect service and the Home Library Service will continue. There will also be strictly managed access to public PCs in library buildings to assist with issues such as job applications, benefit claims and digital access to other public services. Local Studies and Archives Centre will be closed, but will continue to answer enquiries. Search facilities will remain in place here on our online image archive, for information about the Archives and ongoing projects information can be found on the our blog, or follow the progress of our SMILE! Project. For updates on the service, please keep an eye on our webpage as well as our Twitter account: @tmbc_culture.
Museums and galleries will also close for the duration of the lockdown. However, families and individuals can access lots of ideas for cultural crafts and activities as well as outdoor walks and family trails at https://www.tameside.gov.uk/LibrariesandLeisure/ArtsandEvents/Tameside-Culture
Household Waste and Recycling Centres will remain open, however residents are urged to only visit facilities where essential. Residents who do visit household waste and recycling centres are encouraged to separate waste and recycling before their visit to make it easier to use the site quickly; maintain two-metre social distancing from other site users; and wash their hands before and after their visit.
A full household waste and recycling collection service will continue. Residents can help by putting the right thing in the right bin and cleaning bin handles before presenting their bins for collection.
Parks and playgrounds will remain open for exercise but people are asked to avoid anywhere that is crowded, stay socially distanced and use hand sanitiser before and after using any playground equipment. Please also take your litter home with you.
To check on other services please see the council website at www.tameside.gov.uk.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “We know how important our services are to local residents and, where we have to close buildings to comply with restrictions and keep people safe, we are doing everything we can to deliver these services differently and provide safer alternatives.
“I would urge everyone to keep to the spirit of the new lockdown restrictions, although they are hard for all of us to take on board they are very necessary to get the covid transmission rates down and prevent people from our community getting very poorly and dying.
“Only leave your home when it is absolutely essential or for outdoor exercise and do everything you can to avoid face to face contact with others. Also remember hands, face and space – wash or sanitise your hands regularly, wear a face covering and keep your social distance.
“Please shop local and support local traders and businesses where you can. Many non essential businesses are offering alternative online click and collect or delivery services where this is possible and they really need your support at what is a very challenging time.”
For further information and details of how to get help and support during lockdown see www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus